Laura Penhaul – 2x World-record holder for crossing the Pacific unsupported in a boat with 3 other women, Lead Physiotherapist for the Paralympics, Performance manager for expeditions & world-record attempts

Laura Penhaul is the initiator and Team Leader of the Coxless Crew who set two world records in January 2016 by rowing unsupported across the Pacific with three other women. Covering 9,000nm, it took 9 months to complete and 4 years to prepare for. This remarkable expedition was captured in the Netflix documentary “Losing Sight of Shore”.

On this journey she learned a lot about team formation, team dynamics and how to set up the effective communications and behaviours that allow teams to succeed together.

Laura will be in conversation with weare3Sixty founder Christina, where they’ll be exploring:

  • How to form a team that can deliver under pressure
  • What builds the bond of a highly effective team
  • How open communication, feedback and conflict should all be embraced in a team
  • How to deal with uncertainty when it really matters
  • How to create ‘space’ when you can’t get away from the ‘job’

This event took place live online, you can watch the live recording here


More about Laura Penhaul

Prior to embarking on the incredible Pacific challenge, Laura was Lead Physiotherapist for the Paralympic Programme of British Athletics and worked at Vancouver, London and Rio Paralympic Games. Currently she is Lead Physiotherapist for the Olympic British Sailing Team.

She is also passionate about helping athletes complete extreme challenges, just like hers: In 2017, Laura was the Performance Manager for Mark Beaumont, where she supported him in his preparations and during his World Record achievement of cycling the World in 78 Days. Laura is releasing a book with Mark Beaumont about their journey very soon.

Alongside the challenge with Mark, Laura was also the Performance Lead for the Adaptive Grandslam, where she has supported the first ever veterans with disabilities to summit the 7 peaks and 2 poles in their Performance preparation.

In her spare time, you’ll find Laura on the North coast of Cornwall, where she’s an RNLI lifeboat crew volunteer and loves to stay active running or swimming on the coastline.